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How do you find your voice and express yourself when you are the youngest of seven children? The answer: You take a lifelong passion and turn it into a sweet, artistic success! Pastry Chef Padua Player is as dedicated as they come and he is serious about his desserts! Coming from humble beginnings and the home of a single parent, Chef Padua learned a lesson very early, in work ethic and tenacity. Chef Padua has been praised for his work by Vice President Biden, featured in The Washington Post, on TLC’s Platinum Weddings and was a competitor on Food Network’s Sweet Genius hosted by famed Pastry Chef, Ron Ben Israel. His latest victory includes winning The 2013 Capital Food Fight’s High Stakes Cake Battle in DC, hosted by Duff Goldman. Chef Padua has provided his sweet delicacies to countless singers, comedians and actors. He has also launched his line of signature dessert sauces and jams available now.
Today on the Jeff Foxx Radio Show Online. We will be talking to Pastry Chef and Cake Artist Lisa Jackson. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Lisa founded and is the owner of Bittersweet Cake Design. Using only the finest, freshest ingredients and your imagination as inspiration. Bittersweet will walk you through your custom designed cakes and desserts from start to finish.
Lisa Jackson is making life a little sweeter one cake at a time. Her story today on The Jeff Foxx radio show online.
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With the holidays full steam ahead, The Hungry Goddess is turning to the most awesome Jenni Field aka Pastry Chef Online for tips on baking basics, the art of the holiday pie and more to make your holiday baking sensational!
Don't miss a bite! Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 1:30pm eastern!
This is the first in a new series of Hungry Goddess Edible Podcasts! More on The Hungry Goddess
About Jenni Field:
First and foremost, I am a teacher. I left the formal education field
after 16 years teaching Special Education to attend culinary school
at Orlando Culinary Academy, a Le Cordon Bleu program, and
eventually become a pastry chef. I worked my way up from pastry
cook to pastry sous chef and pastry chef and had the privilege of helping
to open an upscale gastropub and set the dessert menu as well as
our signature bread service and bar snacks.
While I enjoyed working in the restaurant business, the teacher in me
missed teaching, so I left food service to pursue a career in blogging,
food writing and recipe development. My background in education
allows me to teach fundamentals and bedrock technique while
maintaining an engaging tone.
I take great pride in hearing from many readers who say “Thank you!
Now I understand!”
I live just south of Raleigh, NC with my wonderful husband (The Beloved), our five cats and the occasional foster kitten or two.
Thanksgiving Dessert Tips and Ideas
This week, Chef Elliott has the distinct honor of highlighting the culinary and sweet genius of the ”Award-Winning Pastry Chef To The Stars," THE "Suga Chef," Pastry Chef Padua Player! Chef Padua grew up cooking with his mom in the District of Columbia. One of the first dishes Chef Padua created was a recipe taken from the kids section in a local DC newspaper. Any opportunity that arose for the budding pastry chef to help his mom in creating a family dish, he was front and center to soak in her culinary teachings. This contributed to his creative juices and he began to fashion up his own recipes for tasty quick bread mixes and assorted fruit cobblers. Chef Padua honed his skills and worked his way up the foodie ranks to plating desserts, which lead to him assisting the pastry chef two days a week. He moved on to his first baking stint and credits Pastry Chef, Susan McCreight Lindeborg as his mentor, picking up from where his mother had laid the culinary groundwork.
Chef Padua attended Baltimore International College, worked in the bakery at Marriott in Georgetown University and went on to work at some of DC’s top catering houses and restaurants such as DC Coast, Café Milano, Notte Luna and Ceiba. He was reviewed by the famed DC food critic Phyllis Richman, who gave him, thumbs up on his desserts and received an official letter from Vice President Biden.
Chef Padua has appeared on the television show, Platinum Weddings, has been a contestant on Food Network’s Sweet Genius and also provided his pastry services for the late Chuck Brown, singer Macy Gray, comedian Bill Bellamy, actress Pam Grier, comedian Damon Wayans, and singer Crystal Waters.
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The Miami Auto Museum at The Dezer Collection revs up for a sweet 2015 as they host The Festival of Chocolate the weekend on January 17-18, 2015.
The Festival of Chocolate, Florida’s largest all-chocolate themed event, which has been featured in Southern Living Magazine and on ABC's The Chew, boasts amazing chocolate indulgences, the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show and a live cake decorating competition.
The event presents the area's best chocolate and confection companies selling tastes and treats of everything chocolate from truffles, cake pops and cupcakes to cookies, brownies, ice creams and even a smores buffet all peppered through a mind-blowing micro car display. Chocolate savory items, including chocolate BBQ sauce, meat rubs, wines, vinegars and even chocolate spa products will return for those looking for an alternative to the super sweet.
Set in one of the largest and most eclectic automotive collections in the world, award-winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers will host interactive demonstrations, sharing techniques and tricks of the trade. On January 17th, The Cocoa Couture Fashion Show featuring chocolate-inspired fashion hits the “Yumway” amongst the glitz and glam of the largest James Bond collection of its kind. And on Sunday, January 18th, a live cake decorating competition will give breathtaking artistic creations a tasty twist.
Chocoholics of all ages will love making chocolate lip balm, chocolate roses, sandy candy and the more adventurous can try armpit fudge. Chocolate Foodies can indulge in Chocolate and Wine Pairings. Chocolate History Makers will attempt to beat world record challenge times.
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This week we have a loaded show! Getting ready for the Holidays and baking cookies... pies... and other sweets is what our First Guest George Geary is all about! We call him the Pastry Chef Extraordinaire... Always on the go... from sea to shining sea and everywhere else he travels. It's all about Pastry and Travel., Recent TV Appearances.. and Old Hollywood... and whatever else George wants to stir up! www.georgegeary.com
Our next guest is: Chef Troy Black: All Fired Up
With a knack for invention and love of barbecue, Troy Black has gained an impressive reputation as an award-winning, competitive barbecue chef, and spokesperson. His zeal for both barbecue and the industry has taken Troy on an incredible journey from the Southern Living magazine editorial staff to full-time competitive barbecue chef to a nationally known food personality. He discovered the world of professional barbecue competition while on assignment for Southern Living. From that moment on he was hooked and immediately went home and began preparing to compete on the pro barbecue circuit.
Our Musical Guest this week is Katy Moffatt If you like Western Music..you will love Katy! "The most searingly beautiful thing you'll ever hear..."
— London Daily Express
Our guests this morning are Kris D’Errico from Bella Beach and Laura Mandracchia from the Cake Bake Shop.
Kris Mackerer D'Errico is a 38-year resident of Manhattan Beach. A graduate of Robinson Elementary, Center Middle School and Mira Costa High School, she received her degrees in Communications and Theater from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
In 2011, Chef Laura Mandracchia became the owner of Cake Bakeshop. Laura comes from a long line of bakers as both her grandmother and great grandmother were bakers in Denmark. Her greatest culinary influence and hero is her Mormor (mother’s mother in Danish). Whether they were making something as simple as coffee and pastry, going to the Farmers Market or the “olive oil guy” in Napa, food was always there. She taught Laura that sometimes you need “just a little bit - not too much “ when adding that special ingredient.
We’re all guilty of last minute shopping and let’s be honest, we all enjoy the rush, right? Well, this morning, our experts are going to offer some great and original gift ideas that are sure to make everybody’s holiday extra merry and bright.
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Angel Air is Live tonight with wonderful previous Angel Air TV Show Guest Chuck Marquette who overcame some very difficult addicitions late on in his life by embracing spirit, god, and the angels, and is now an inspiration to us all! Reminds us that no matter what age we are it is never to late to say enough is enough and step on to the path of purity xo Special Guest Dana Prophet (Awesome Pastry Chef) and Cassie Hepler (Photographer/Model/Writer) will be hoping on to spread some sugary love and light with the latest and greatest on our Project Sunshine Event this Month! I am also super excited to have the amazing talented Aarron Terrell who is a Producer/Director/Editor/Web Designer/Singer/Song Writer and spreads this love for Angel Air TV Show and so much more! Godbless him for all his has done!!! Love you Aarron Terrell!
Heading into the final month of 2014 The George Mack Show should be full of excitement. Will Joe From Philly join the show again? Whom will win the on going "Guess The Mystery Caller's Illness" contest? Will Stevie demand everyone stop talking during a talk show? Will QT rest stop George Mack some important information at a random Illinois rest stop? Will listeners send Sign Guy some tasty pastry treats as he recovers from horrific ankle surgery? Find out on the show tonight!
So we are back on cupcakes and the women that make them a central part of our lives! Our next featured 'woman behind the sweets" is Tish Leonard,owner and executive pastry chef at Cupcakes by Tish.
We'll not only sample cupcakes from these local bakers, we'll interview the owners so that you can hear their cupcake stories.
What does it take to run a business? What motivates them? And why, oh why, are their cupcakes so good?
Tune in Tuesday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. CST for our chat with Tish who has 3 locations in Montgomery, including 1940 Mulberry St., 7276 Eastchase Pkwy, and one on Maxwell Airforce Base.
Presented by India Irie, Rhonda Paolo & Kami Be w Honoured Guest, Victoria Maree
The standard American diet consists of mostly acid forming foods. Fake fats, sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), bleached white flours made into breads and pastry is extremely acid forming. You should focus on eating a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods daily. Real nutrition can be found in a diet high in a wide variety of veggies that are eaten every day, all day! Focus on fresh organic green veggies, fresh smoothies as well as green super foods such as chlorella. Fruits of all types, even citrus fruits that are considered acid, are all alkaline forming. The increased consumption of fruits and vegetables in an alkaline diet may benefit bone health, reduce muscle loss through lack of physical activity as well as reduce cases of other chronic diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
The true benefit of eating an alkaline diet is that it is high in the minerals and phytonutrients needed by your body to grow and maintain itself. An increase in magnesium that may enter the cell is another added benefit of the alkaline diet. This is one of the greatest benefits of eating lots of green leafy vegetables. Readily available magnesium, which is required to activate vitamin D, would result in numerous added benefits in the body. Work a variety of dark leafy greens into every meal over the course of the day. Order some spinach as a side dish, add a garden salad to your lunch, snack on kale chips, make a green veggie juice smoothie or mix up some powdered greens with your early morning juice.
Originally from India, Chef Maneet Chauhan earned a bachelor's degree from India's top hotel management school, The Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Management and then interned at some of India's finest hotels and kitchens, including the Taj Group, Oberoi Hotels and Le Meridian. She continued her culinary education in 1998 by enrolling in the CIA's baking and pastry arts associate degree program graduating with top honors, while earning numerous service and scholastic achievement awards.
She started her career working for a family owned, fine-dining Indian restaurant in Cherry Hill, NJ before moving to Chicago to rise above 40 male chefs and be chosen as the opening Executive Chef at Vermillion, a Latin-Indian fusion restaurant. She also was the opening chef at Vermillion in NYC and during her tenure at the restaurant, earned many accolades including best import to New York City by Time Out Magazine.
After eight years Chef Maneet branched off on her own founding India culinaire, an avant-garde culinary and hospitality company. She was the only Indian female competitor on The Iron Chef and is now a judge on Food Network’s hit show Chopped. The show was nominated for a Critic’s Choice award and earned her a James Beard Award for Excellence. She has tremendous zest and has just opened a restaurant in Nashville, apart from embarking on a 21-city book tour promoting her new book Flavors of My World.
Listen to Chef Maneet in conversation with MR Rangaswami as she discusses her life, her successes and the hardships of rising to the top of a competitive industry.